The national weather service is predicting a colder than average winter for Illinois, with January expected to drop well below average. Lake Zurich, IL may not have been hit as hard as Chicago, but the entire area has already experienced frigid, near record-breaking winter temperatures this year. With more than 3 months of cold weather ahead, now would be a good time to check on the health of your furnace.

Uneven Furnace Heating

Do you have a single or multiple rooms that persistently stay cooler than the rest of your house? If your vents are all fully open, this typically indicates an issue with the heating system. As furnaces age, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to work at peak efficiency. This often causes one or more rooms to suffer from uneven heat distribution.

Excessive Dust Buildup

Dust, dirt and dander are all a daily part of home life. However, if you start noticing a much thicker layer of buildup occurring in a minimal time frame, this could be a sign that your heater is on its last legs. Pay attention to when the buildup happens. Does it become a problem when the heater is running? Have you noticed other particles accumulating such as rust or soot? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, you may need a new furnace installation.

Increased Noise

Furnaces don’t suddenly become noisier than usual without a good reason. In most cases, a system that goes from relatively quiet to very loud needs to be replaced. Other telltale signs include newly developed humming, rattling or buzzing. These sounds typically accompany structural issues such as leaks and cracks. A professional HVAC technician can assess the full extent of the damage and provide a recommendation.

Additional common signs of an upcoming heater failure include rising energy costs and any visible cracks or rust on the unit. Visit our new furnace installation and repairs page or call (847) 719-8442 to learn how we can help.

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